Our cookies

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience with personalized content, relevant ads and enhanced functionalities. By allowing all you agree to the use of cookies as per the cookie policy and remember you can manage your preferences anytime.

What will I learn?

Human geography and planning are the essential disciplines for understanding the complexities of cities and regions, and guiding their sustainable development. This major will guide you through the complex interplay of environmental, economic, social and political processes that influence the spatial organisation of human activities at a range of scales, from global to local.

About the course

Human geography and planning are the essential disciplines for understanding the complexities of cities and regions and guiding their sustainable development. This major explores the complex interplay of environmental, economic, social and political processes shaping human activities at a range of scales, from global to local. To flourish, human and urban development must grapple with ecological sustainability, cultural diversity, changing demographic pressures, disasters and global markets. You’ll develop the relevant knowledge and skills to help resolve major urban and regional problems and ultimately have the ability to contribute to the creation of liveable communities, vibrant economies and sustainable places. It is envisaged that there will be up to three overnight field trips (with a cost of up to $500 per student, to cover the cost of food and accommodation for around 10 nights). Studying this major provides you with the foundation to pursue further study, leading to full recognition as a professional planner through the Master of Urban and Regional Planning or the Master of International Development.

Career Pathways

Planners and Geographers see the world throughout their careers. UWA graduates are well positioned to pursue exciting careers, both domestically and internationally. Areas of high demand include urban planning, community development, regional development, transport planning and population planning.

Employers include local and national governments, planning agencies, environmental consultancies and non-governmental organisations.

Further Study

Students with a Human Geography and Planning major can pursue further studies at Honours level in Urban and Regional Planning.

Graduates from the Human Geography and Planning major can gain professional planning status through taking the 1.5-year Master of Urban and Regional Planning, which is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. Students can also enrol on the Masters of International Development and the Master of Teaching.

Career Opportunities

Geographer

Land Economist

Policy and Planning Manager

Which department am I in?

School of Social Sciences

CRICOS

003005D

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,200.00 (18,60,718) per year
AUD $102,600 total course fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022

Venue

The University of Western Australia (UWA)

35 Stirling Highway,

CRAWLEY,

Western Australia,

6009, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete GCE A-level Minimum grade E in Knowledge & Inquiry; Minimum grade C in General Paper. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; GCE A-level - Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. IELTS - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules); PTE - An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section.

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students are required to complete an international academic qualification equivalent to Australian High School (or equivalent).

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; GCE A-level - Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. IELTS - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules); International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) - English A1 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English A2 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English B at HL - Minimum score 5; PTE - An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

ADD TO MY FAVOURITES

About The University of Western Australia (UWA)

UWA is the only Western Australian university ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide.

  • World-top 100 university - QS World University Rankings 2021
  • 5-stars for teaching quality (Good Universities Guide 2020)
  • A proud member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight
  • 11 subject areas in world’s top 50 QS Rankings 2020